About The Book

Hearing Across the Lifespan-Assessment and Disorders is the second book in a three-book series series focused on Translational Perspectives in Auditory Neuroscience.

The book reviews what is known about the developing auditory system, what happens as we age, as well as a brief synopsis of the disordered auditory system. These aspects of human perception are then extended by the discussion of state of the art noninvasive physiologic measures of hearing. Many of these measures are tools used to assay the auditory system in applied research studies, as well as used in the clinical evaluation of subjects.

The first book in the series is Normal Aspects of Hearing.

The third book is entitled Special Topics and provides “translational” perspectives on current topics in hearing science.

About The Authors

Kelly Tremblay, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University at Washington. She earned a bachelor’s degree. in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, Canada and a MSc in Audiology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her interest in hearing science began in Colorado, as an audiologist who worked with hearing aid and cochlear implant users. Interested in auditory rehabilitation, she returned to school to learn more about the neuroscience underlying rehabilitation. She completed a PhD at Northwestern University, followed by post-doctoral training at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, California.

As a clinician and neuroscientist, Kelly Tremblay uses her training in neuroscience to better understand some of the everyday listening difficulties people with hearing loss describe. Because the typical person with a hearing loss is usually older and has been deprived of sound for some time, Dr. Tremblay’s scholarly interests include defining the effects of aging and hearing loss on the brain. Another research interest of hers is to determine if auditory training can be used to improve the neural representation of acoustic cues transmitted by the ear to the cortex. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on these topics, and has received grant awards from many organizations including the National Institutes of Health. She has served as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Audiology, an Assistant Editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, and a Section Editor for the journal Ear and Hearing.

Robert Burkard, Ph.D., CCC-A is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo.  His research interests include calibration, auditory electrophysiology (in particular, auditory evoked potentials), vestibular/balance function/dysfunction, functional imaging and aging. His professional interests include health care economics and interprofessional education/practice.

Tanle Of Contents

Section I—Life Span and Disordered Hearing
1. Hearing Loss: Conductive and Sensorineural
Mark Chertoff and Dana Jacobson
2. Maturation of the Auditory System
Lori J. Leibold and Lynne A. Werner
3. The Aging Auditory System
Curtis Billings, Kelly Tremblay, and James Willott

Section II—Physiological Assessment of Audition
4. Physiological Mechanisms Assessed by Aural Acoustic Transfer Functions
M. P. Feeney and D. H. Keefe
5. Otoacoustic Emissions—Mechanisms and Applications
Christopher A. Shera and Carolina Abdala
6. The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)
Robert Burkard and Manuel Don
7. Physiological Mechanisms Underlying ASSRs
Susan A. Small and Andrew Dimitrijevic
8. Physiological Mechanisms Underlying MLRs and Cortical EPs
Hillel Pratt and Guy Lightfoot
9. Fundamental Principles Underlying Magnetic MRI and Functional MRI
Deborah A. Hall and Dominik C. Wild


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